Adding Cool Messaging to one of Austin Hottest New Projects

The Beck Group has an exciting project at 2010 East 6th Street in the heart of growing East Austin. They’re currently designing and building the office for developer Aquila Commercial, which will be home to GoDaddy’s Austin office.

Because of the project’s urban location, Beck secured a unique “jobsite office” of leased tenant space just across the street from the construction site. In their words, “we knew we wanted to make this office an awesome home base for our team, so we called on Miller IDS to help us brand the space.”

As Beck wanted the logo to be visible to pedestrian traffic on 6th Street, our Miller IDS team installed a 4′ vinyl Beck logo on the prominent back wall of the office space.

“Miller’s team helped us find an ideal location and did a great installation that is being enjoyed by the team and visitors to the site.”

As East Austin continues its transformation, we’re happy to help you add your mark to Austin’s hottest neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIPP school installation by miller ids

Helping Make Schools Both Beautiful and Safer

Our team at Miller IDS recently completed an important project to help improve a campus experience while keeping students safe. KIPP TX, a non-profit, public charter school, had the twin goal of adding eye-catching graphics to identify campus entrances while also providing a heightened level of security.

 

As a forward-thinking educational organization, KIPP recognizes that among many factors, safety and security are key to providing an effective educational environment. To assist school leaders with the development of a distinct and visually appealing security solution, we worked with the school and American Constructors to create custom-designed, printed window film that highlights the entrances to two middle and two elementary schools in the KIPP TX – Austin Region. Each design features the individual school logos, which assists in entrance identification and school identity. The perforated window film allows visitors, students and faculty to enjoy the uninterrupted view of the collegiate style campus from inside; Building occupants have the comfort of knowing that visitors cannot see inside and that faculty can see visitors as they approach the building.

 

Rebecca Woodul, Project Administrator for American Constructors shared these kind words, “Ryan Bruce and the design team from Miller IDS worked diligently with us to develop the graphics design to KIPP’s exacting specifications. I was impressed with the level of service and quality in everything from the design process to the installation and final product.”

 

We thank both KIPP and American Constructors for connecting us to this purposeful project. To learn more about how KIPP schools empower students to graduate from college, click here.  

 

Featured Graphics: Kissing Tree

We are proud to work with the company that is reshaping active adult community living! 

Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan community built for those 55 and better. Custom-built with a Texas attitude, the unique, San Marcos community is a collection of indoor and outdoor amenities designed with legendary living in mind. The unique collection of amenities include an 18-hole golf course, eight pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, putting greens, a social building, hiking trails and more!

We’ve printed their distinct signage, colorful advertorials and the eye-catching banners that are located throughout the property. The bright designs reflect the celebration of life that Kissing Tree represents.

If you’re the type that likes to define your own lifestyle, you can learn more about Kissing Tree by clicking here. 

And if you’re the type that needs to bring your distinct message to life through branding signage and a wide range of marketing materials contact us today!

Experience the Technology that is Revolutionizing Design & Construction March 8th

Sessions: 9:30am – 12pm (Lunch) 1pm – 3:30pm

The AEC technology revolution has arrived for you! Come and join your peers at the very first ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Technology Forum March 8th at Miller IDS’ Metric store. Why is this event so important to you? Because the construction industry is uniquely positioned to benefit from new technologies, yet remains among the least digitized sectors of our economy. You can register here:

Together, Miller IDS and a select group of technology vendors are going to share the benefits of the extremely valuable and cost effective technologies available to ABC members today.

This interactive event will provide you the opportunity to connect with technology representatives from companies such as Bluebeam, iPlanTables, VIMaec, 3DR, Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Synnex who are digitizing the construction industry and will help you discover how to propel your company forward while dramatically reducing the total project life cycle, cost and completion time. Additionally, you will also be able to meet and discuss your company’s network services needs with Greg Bibeau. And, if you are in need of BIM Services, Biswanath Todi of Pinnacle Infotech can address all of your BIM requirements.    

Sign up to attend this event and see how your business will benefit:

  • GET REAL-TIME UPDATES Instantly access the latest progress on a project and collaborate while on site
  • DECREASE REWORK Save time and money with precision data and quicker awareness of issues
  • INCREASE SAFETY See how drones and wearables can manage inspections and navigate hazardous areas

You’ve been hearing about drones – now find out why. A drone can do the same survey in under two days (with less than 30 minutes of actual flight time) that used to take a helicopter weeks to complete. Along with a significant benefit in saved time, drones can contribute in the following ways:
  • Increase safety
  • Improve accuracy 
  • Provide up-to-date information
  • Create video, exacting photos & 3-D modeling
  • Survey and inspect sites
Get your foot in the door by speaking directly with technology leaders from 3DR and take your efficiency to new heights. 

Turning Expectations into Reality

Virtual and augmented reality is taking the construction industry by storm. Join us on March 8th and see for yourself why VR & AR are no longer just something seen in the movies. For example, virtual-reality safety walk-throughs may become the default solution for those wanting to assess potential hazards. As a useful communication tool, there is nothing more real. Start your journey to VR here or on March 8th.

“VR is the definitive next step for AEC visualization, and it’s important to take that step now to stay ahead of the curve.” 

                                                                             Sanjay Mistry, VP of VIMaec

 
 
Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center,

Featured Graphics: Texas Book Festival and The Long Center

Miller IDS works with 2017 Texas Book Festival to produce TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

The Texas Book Festival (TBF) began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and has grown into one of the nation’s premier annual literary events, featuring 275+ authors of the year’s best books and drawing 50,000 book lovers of all ages.

Held each fall in and around the majestic State Capitol in downtown Austin, the Festival features a rich variety of literary readings and panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food trucks, a YA HQ, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state and country. While remaining an important showcase for Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts writers from all over the world and is honored to have a national reputation as one of the most prestigious and longest running book festivals in the country.

Banner produced by Miller IDS for 2017 Texas Book Festival

Texas Book Festival brought community to the streets, giving guests of all ages a chance to leave their mark on their event. Attendees covered hemmed and grommeted PVC coated banners in signatures, drawings, and book recommendations. A collage of culture emphasized and sharpened by the vivid white, red, and blue of the banner itself.

 

Tom Hanks at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.

 

Author and acclaimed actor Tom Hanks presents his new book Uncommon Type at the First Baptist Church. Hanks and numerous other acclaimed authors captivated audiences in front of one of our UV-printed vinyl banners and a 8’x8’ Hop-up Tension Fabric Display. The stage also featured a very unique proposal. Read more here.

 

 

Artist Joel Salcido signs a festival poster featuring a beautiful print of his photograph. We’re proud to work with Texas Book Festival, which gives a platform to talented, local authors and artists like Salcido.

 

Artist Joel Salcido signs a festival poster featuring a beautiful print of his photograph. We’re proud to work with Texas Book Festival, which gives a platform to talented, local authors and artists like Salcido. To see more of Salcido work, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

THE LONG CENTER

The windows above the Long Center entry courtyard are covered by our perforated vinyl window adhesive announcing the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers upcoming concert on March 3.

The windows above the Long Center entry courtyard are covered by our perforated vinyl window adhesive announcing the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers upcoming concert on March 3. This material is perfect for displaying your customized graphics to outside while not blocking your view from inside. The event is the centerpiece for The Long Center’s 10th anniversary celebration and will also feature the 10-time Grammy-winning Asleep at The Wheel.

Learn more about this upcoming concert, click here.

 

 

 

Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center,

As critically acclaimed indie folk artist Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center, this customized vinyl decal elevator graphic greets attendees of other events. These customizable decals are printed on a high quality adhesive vinyl and finished with a matte lamination. The photograph captures the spirit of his unique sound, and the size of the decal further amplifies González’s voice. 

To learn more about this upcoming concert, click here. 

February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson, Displays a Special Flair

We are pleased to celebrate our February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson. As a born and raised Austinite, Kiah uses the energy of nature and travel to create striking colorful and abstract images that leap off the canvas or page.

She graduated from Colorado College in 2005, earning a BA in Studio Art with a Distinction in Art. Upon graduation, Kiah started her own decorative painting business. After a few years, she began creating fine art again, and has been steadily expanding and exploring her practice ever since.  

Kiah lives in the outskirts of Austin, TX surrounded by green fields, trees and streams. She works primarily in her sunny home studio, and also maintains a space at Canopy where she meets with clients and displays her finished work (by appointment). When she isn’t creating art, she can likely be found wandering in nature or swimming with her furry four-legged sidekick, Kali

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Featured Print, “What Remains III.”

Kiah states that her “artmaking process is a transfer and release of invisible, internal energy onto a visible, external surface.” Within her work, she utilizes the natural unpredictability and fluidity of her materials to her advantage to “explore various processes, aesthetics and techniques.” She describes the featured piece, ‘”What Remains III”, as initially birthed “as a triptych but became more [part] of a 3 part mini-series. It was the first time I incorporated watercolor into my work, which had previously only been acrylic and ink. I was enjoying the experiment; the watercolors were so mineral-y and unique. I was going for a lyrical, energetic composition that felt light, spacious, and earthy.”  These pieces inspired her to create a collection, “The Little Things,” which debuted at Austin’s own Link and Pin Gallery mid-2017.

 

“What Remains I”

Kiah gives high praise to Miller IDS and Dana Burton, Graphics Specialist for Miller IDS, when she states she doesn’t go anywhere else to document her small pieces. “It has always meant a lot to me that from the beginning she remembered me (and now, knows me) and goes the extra mile to make me and my work feel important. My pieces aren’t very easy to scan, but she works really hard to keep the details from dropping out, gets the whites white and the blacks black, adjusts weird blues and other colors that the scanner doesn’t like much, prints out multiple proofs, and sometimes, if it still doesn’t look right, she’ll adjust even more. It amazes me still that I can get that kind of service and attention for what I end up paying. Worth it every time. Plus, Dana is a genuine, delightful person, and she has even taken the time to come to some of my art events….I’m grateful that people like Dana and places like Miller exist and thrive, keeping the old school vibe alive.”

“What Remains II”

You can find Kiah’s work and story in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Austin Way Magazine, Inside Austin, Luxe San Diego. Additionally, you can find her work in galleries in Charlotte, NC, Houston, TX, and Greenwood, MS.

To see more of Kiah’s work and story, click here

Oct / Nov Artist of the Month: Ethan Azarian

Our Artist of the month for both October AND November is Ethan Azarian. His painting, 1870 Our Lady of Guadalupe, is featured in our East 7th Street location right now. 
 
“I live and work full-time as a visual artist in Austin, Texas. I realized early on in my career that it was important to diversify, be open to and embrace the many different ways there are of making a living from creating art. One way to do this was to create a space to exhibit my paintings, so I turned my house into a gallery and called it the In House Gallery, which existed from 1999 to 2014. In 2015 Blue Cow Studio was born. Blue Cow Studio is both studio and gallery space which we had built in the back yard. My wife Melissa and I exhibit our own work as well as host and curate exhibitions with Texas based artists. 
 
Recently I have been concentrating on large public works of art in the form of murals. Some of these murals have been funded through the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and are collaborations with local elementary and high school students as well as members of the community in Austin. In September 2016 I was invited to Angers, France to create a large outdoor mural with art students at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Through these community arts projects (both locally and internationally) I realized just how much I enjoy and am inspired by working with fellow artists and members of the community. I enjoy sharing my artistic process as well as connecting with communities I am working with.
 
In addition I exhibit my paintings in galleries, cafes, libraries and schools. I have permanent works on display at the Robert B. Green Clinic and the University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as well as the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, New York. “
 
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Featured December Artist: Don Collins

This December, we honor the work of Don Collins, whose beautiful artwork has graced our annual calendar for each of the past 41 years. Don has produced approximately 400 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion with our customers. To order copies of our 2018 calendar on our website, click here. As always, the calendars are free.  

Don has embraced hunting unique sites on back roads, long-deserted main streets and historical libraries in Texas for decades. The special sites include a story – be it a story of getting onto the ­property to take a photo, a story of the building itself, or a tale involving the folks he met on his adventures. His drawings and paintings breathe life back into these old homes, barns, courthouses, shanties and structures that he has chosen. Don authored the book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was sharing some of these stories and drawings.

Raised in Parker County west of Fort Worth, Don worked as a commercial artist after serving in the Army during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Though he produced a wide range of images for commercial accounts ranging from builders, architects, book publishers and NASA, Don now concentrates on landscapes, character studies, and nostalgia pieces.

Collins is active in his “retirement”, having recently published a colorful children’s book featuring animals of all kinds visiting doctors and dentists. He is involved with several DFW art organizations, accepts several commissions yearly, and travels abroad, with a trip to Africa scheduled in 2017.  Additional work and contact information are available on his website, www.dchandart.com.

There’s Still Time to Take Advantage of the Section 179 Deduction

Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you can see in more detail on this website.

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.

Today, Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179 or Bonus Depreciation, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses – and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.

Essentially, Section 179 works like this:
When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example).

In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That’s the whole purpose behind Section 179 – to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written-off on the 2017 tax return (up to $500,000).

2017 Deduction Limit = $510,000
This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2017, the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service between January 1, 2017 and the end of the day on December 31, 2017.

2017 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $2,030,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive” (because larger businesses that spend more than $2.5 million on equipment won’t get the deduction.)

Bonus Depreciation: 50% for 2017
Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Please Note> Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only; used equipment qualifies for Section 179 Deduction, but does not qualify for Bonus Depreciation.

For more details on limits and qualifying equipment, as well as Section 179 Qualified Financing, please read this entire website carefully

Note: Please consult carefully with an accountant or tax expert to determine how best manage your situation. 

Virtual Reality: Now Playing at a Construction Project Near You

See what’s coming! We experienced the newest Virtual Reality from VR leader VIMaec and this example of Augmented Reality for the Google Pixel 2 at the Unity Unite Austin 2017 Conference. How we envision, plan, design, improve and present our construction development projects is changing forever. Imagine what changes to the industry that we will experience in the coming years!